Causes of Obesity
Many children are put on fast food diets by their parents, eating at fast food restaurants more often then not. And while eating fast food too much is a problem that results in obesity, family behavior is even more important. Children learn their habits from their families, and that includes eating. Families that have a low income are often considered to be overweight or obese, because unhealthy foods tend to be less expensive then those foods that are healthy. They then stock up on the cheap, unhealthy foods and start teaching poor eating habits.
Heredity is also a factor in children becoming obese and overweight. It does not however, account for most cases of childhood obesity. Most people believe that having an overweight parent or parent’s means there will be overweight children. However, most children learn the poor eating habits from their parents and just continue them, become overweight on their own. But, saying that obesity is “genetic” is not likely, because there is no fat gene, so to speak.
Most researchers agree that obesity is a result of different factors such as lack of exercise, poor eating habits, economic status, and what some would consider “heredity”.
Effects of Obesity
Obesity in children has many effects. One of the most well known, but least thought about is the fact that obese children are more likely to be obese as adults. With this being said, obesity has many physical effects on the body. Some of the most serious diseases that can result from obesity include cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Also, with these diseases comes high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These diseases are not only present in obese children, but obese adults and can carry over form childhood to adulthood. Many of the diseases that result from obesity do not have cures.
Along with the physical effects, obesity also has many psychological side effects. With our nation promoting a healthy lifestyle and slim body images, there are many misconceptions about being obese. Many students take this opportunity to tease overweight students or treat them differently. Some overweight children are left out of activities and feel isolated from the rest of their group. This can lead to depression and self esteem issues.
As you can see, obesity is a very serious issue, especially when present in children. That is why we have created this website, to help show how obesity can occur and what can happen once a person is obese.